Scientists Have Discovered a Way to Make Alcohol Out of Thin Air – ScienceAlert

Friends, the utopia is real. Researchers say they have a way to make alcohol out of thin air, and the technique might even save the world in the bargain, not just our rent money.

Now before you start organising your weekend around this bubbly fantasy, the alcohol we’re talking about here is more than just the stuff in your drink, and the thin air it’s made from is actually heavy – clogged with heat-trapping pollutants that are wrecking Earth’s atmosphere.

Confused? Okay, let’s backtrack a little, before we get onto the exciting new discoveries made by PhD student Ming Ma from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

While this research sounds like a great way to get tipsy sans tipping – and hypothetically it could be – it’s actually all about repurposing the dangerous levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that are sending global temperatures into places they really oughtn’t be going.

Short of just figuring out ways to reduce our carbon emissions before climate change gets even more volatile and threatening, one of the things scientists around the world are currently busy researching is what’s called carbon capture.

Like the name suggests, this process involves various technologies for extracting carbon emissions from things like coal-fired power plants before they have a chance to drift away and escape into the atmosphere.

One of the ways of doing this is what’s known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), in which treated atmospheric carbon can be pumped underground where over time it fuses into solid rock.

But an emerging alternative to carbon sequestration called carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) may prove to be a lot more useful to humanity than just channeling our emissions into the ground.

Instead, CCU seeks to repurpose carbon dioxide into other chemicals that we can

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